The Prime Minister of Saint Kitts & Nevis and Chair of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Denzil Douglas, delivers a speech during the opening of the IV Caricom-Cuba Summit, being held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on December 8, 2011. The one-day Caricom-Cuba summit aims to strengthen trade and cooperation between countries of the Caribbean. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC DUBRAY (Photo credit should read Frederic Dubray/AFP/Getty Images)

St. Kitts-Nevis Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil L. Douglas says he fears the decision by United States President Donald Trump to ban nationals from seven Muslim countries could have an effect on the island’s tourism and education sectors.

Trump announced last weekend a temporary ban on persons from Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Iran and Libya entering the United States.

Speaking on his weekly radio programme, Dr. Douglas said that the ban appears to include also persons with green card or those who at the moment have residency status and are waiting to be advanced to citizenship of that country.

Dr. Douglas noted that the economic pillars of tourism and hospitality services that drive the economy in St. Kitts and Nevis are likely to be affected by the order.

He noted also that with several overseas medical schools based there, he wanted to know what would be the status of overseas students who may have come from some of the countries with the ban.

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